The founder of the popular and award-winning street food pizza van has decided to reopen as a drive-thru.

Wanderers Kneaded shut up shop in March due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis – but now have announced that they’re going to reopen their food van as a drive-thru pizzeria.

Founder Francesco Bani, who is originally from a small town near Bergamo in Italy, launched the business in 2018 after becoming disillusioned working for bigger companies in the city.

“Originally the idea was born from wanting to serve food in the most honest way possible,” Francesco explained.

“We wanted to cook just what we believe in, no excuses, and served to the community that we love.”

Wanderers Kneaded – a pizzeria on wheels serving sourdough pizzas cooked in a woodfired oven – was the result.

The business went on to be crowned champions at the 2019 Scottish Street Food Awards at the Pitt in Edinburgh.

But since lockdown, Wanderers Kneaded – like other businesses – have had to adapt and think of the future as we remain uncertain of when we can return to normal.

The team posted on their social media to announce the new concept, saying: “as previously teased, we are about to introduce a new concept here @wandererskneaded.

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as previously teased, we are about to introduce a new concept here @wandererskneaded Being forced to sit on the sidelines helped us to think outside the box and prepare to come out swinging for the rest of 2020. facing no footfall and events disappeared we’ve reinvented WK to join the shit-show and go back to be a service to our community. our Meadows pitch is being reinterpreted as a Street Food Drive Thru. Without our stools and operating at an angle in our cul-de-sac street, will allow cars (or bikes, or buggies) to park right next to our lower pizza bar where they can safely collect their order without contact. all this will be carried on safely (duh) and respectfully of the surroundings and the neighbourhood. service’s gonna be a “one man show” from yours truly to reduce the risk to the very minimum. I’m (almost) back. #thelastdance . ps while i’m not there yet, you can give it a go with our recipe on IGTV, competition still live until Sunday!😘 #notallthosewhowanderarelost #streetfood #events #pizzeria #pizza #foodtruck #woodfired #sourdough #edinburgh #glasgow #scotland #edinburghfoodbloggers #edinburghbloggers

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“Being forced to sit on the sidelines helped us to think outside the box and prepare to come out swinging for the rest of 2020.

“Facing no footfall and events disappeared we’ve reinvented WK to go back to be a service to our community. Our Meadows pitch is being reinterpreted as a Street Food Drive Thru.

“Without our stools and operating at an angle in our cul-de-sac street, will allow cars (or bikes, or buggies) to park right next to our lower pizza bar where they can safely collect their order without contact.

“All this will be carried on safely (duh) and respectfully of the surroundings and the neighbourhood. Service’s gonna be a “one man show” from yours truly to reduce the risk to the very minimum. I’m (almost) back.”

Fans replied with delight, with many praising the idea and many looking forward to tucking into a freshly baked pizza again.

Wanderers Kneaded: The street food van serving up some of Edinburgh’s best pizzas

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